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Eastern end of the Old Port

Tour route Next section Previous section Back to Notre-Dame Est Boulevard Saint-Laurent Rue Notre-Dame West The Old Seminary and Notre-Dame Place d’Armes Rue Saint-Jacques Des Récollets Around Rue de l’Hôpital Rue Saint-Paul, near Place d’Youville Place d’Youville Western end of the Old Port Pointe-à-Callière and Place Royale Saint-Paul and de la Commune From Saint-Amable to Saint-Gabriel Place Jacques-Cartier Eastern end of the Old Bonsecours From Bonsecours to Berri Rue Notre-Dame East Champ-de-Mars
The banks
of the St. Lawrence

The banks of the St. Lawrence have changed considerably. Many years ago, instead of strolling along the esplanade running next to Rue de la Commune, you would have had your feet in the water, several metres lower. 
    The Port, circa 1885
The Port, circa 1885. Notman Studio.

For many years, steamships would put in at the permanent docks, built starting in 1840 at the foot of Place Jacques-Cartier, and their passengers would get a glimpse of Montréal through the buildings lining the Port. Then, in the early 20th century, long piers and gigantic grain elevators were built, to store the grain shipped from western Canada for export. The grain elevators are still an important part of the skyline of the Port. 

The banks of the St. Lawrence
The banks of the St. Lawrence, as seen by W. H. Bartlett, in 1841. Firewood delivered
to Montréal was piled here.
The port of Montréal
The Port, with grain elevators,
painted by Adrien Hébert in 1924..


Eastern end of the Old Port 

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